Walker's Weekly

March 31, 2017

Alumna Kelley Citroni '00 from United Technologies (second from left) visits with members of Walker's robotics team, the Wirecats, during their build time this week. The Wirecats are competing in Hartford's district competition this weekend. Best of luck, girls!

View Spring Break Photos
Over spring break, several Walker's students traveled to Italy for history and culture immersion, Texas for Habitat for Humanity service work, and Florida for softball and lacrosse spring training. View photos from their trips:

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High Rankings in Colby-Sawyer College Investment Competition
Walker's placed 4th and 6th out of 34 teams in the 2016-2017 Colby-Sawyer College High School Investment Competition! Congratulations to competitors Liza Phillips '17, Koko Fei '17, Monique Pace '18, Nina Zhang '17, Marie Ettien '18, Kristy He '18, Tu Ly '18, and Imani Baptiste '18.

Students Performing in All State Music Festival
Four Walker's students are performing in the Connecticut Music Educators Association (CMEA) All State High School Festival held March 30-April 1 at The Hartford Marriott & The Connecticut Convention Center. Congratulations to Alora Foster '17 (orchestra), Hazel Wang '19 (orchestra), Adela Yan '18 (chorus) and Isabelle Chen '19 (chorus)!

Food Drive to Support Empty Bowls Project
Between now and April 14, Walker's is holding a Suns vs. Dials food drive to support The Empty Bowls Project, an international grassroots effort to fight hunger. Boxes are located in the Middle School, Abra's, the hall near the technology offices and in the hall near the Dean of Students office. Food will be donated to Gifts of Love. The club with the most donated food wins a Sun or Dial dress down day on Tuesday, April 25. Read more for more information about Empty Bowls events and requested food items from Gifts of Love.

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Naturalization Ceremony on April 13
Walker's will host a Naturalization Ceremony for new U.S. citizens in the Centennial Center gym on Thursday, April 13 from 2:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Forty members of our community will become U.S. citizens during the ceremony. Families and board members, please click on the button below to RSVP if you would like to attend. Students, faculty and staff will be participating in the program and do not need to RSVP. 


From the College Counseling Office
Class of 2017: Congratulations to our seniors on all of the great news they have received from colleges regarding offers of admission and scholarships! We recognize that not all of the news has been good, and admire the kindness students have shown to each other. As a reminder, students must notify colleges of their decisions by May 1 using the response mechanism provided (usually an electronic form). They may send a deposit to only one college. Seniors who still have college visit days to use may pick up a missing classes form from the College Counseling Office if needed in order to visit or revisit colleges as they try to make their decisions. We are happy to help students and parents evaluate their options, including their financial aid offers.

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Send Your Daughter Some Sweet Treats
Does your daughter have a birthday or special event coming up? Parents near and far now have the opportunity to order and provide goodies for special sporting events, class parties, birthdays, and other activities through Fitzgerald's, a locally-owned grocery store. Learn more details on how to order in our latest newsletter:


Video Streaming of Walker's Events
Walker's will now be streaming events from campus live and on demand with GameOnStream at no cost to families. Watch Walker's sports games, Chapel events, theater performances and more wherever you are via your laptop, phone, or tablet. Check for an email on Monday with instructions on how to register.

Summer Fun in Simsbury
Each summer, Walker's offers a wide range of fun summer programs on campus for girls and boys of all ages and levels of interest. Visit www.ethelwalker.org/summer to learn more about our 2017 offerings. Spread the word! For more information about summer programs at Walker's, contact Sarah Bednar at sbednar@ethelwalker.org or (860) 408-4292.

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Important Upcoming Events

  • Saturday, April 1: Horizons Saturday Academy
  • Saturday, April 1: Equestrian Shows: IEA Zones in Springfield, MA and The Pines in Glastonbury, CT
  • Sunday, April 2: SAT Class (Classrooms 217, 219), 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, April 4: Revisit Day, 12:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, April 4: 7th Grade Parent Meeting (F10), 6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, April 6: D.E.A.R. Milk Lunch Special Schedule - Classes Start at 8:15 a.m.
    Reading hour now 2:25 p.m. - 3:25 p.m.
  • Friday, April 7: Grandparents and Friends Day (View Schedule)
  • Friday, April 7: Spring Concert (Chapel), 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, April 9: SAT Class (Classrooms 217, 219), 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, April 11: EWSPA Board Meeting (Living Room), 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. 
  • Thursday, April 13: D.E.A.R. Milk Lunch Special Schedule - Classes Start at 8:15 a.m.
    Reading hour now 2:25 p.m. - 3:25 p.m.
  • Thursday, April 13: Naturalization Ceremony (Centennial Center Gym),
    2:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Required event - Students must be in Vespers Dress

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Weekend Activities

Friday, March 31: Dance at Avon Old Farms,
8:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Friday, March 31: BeautyCounter Makeup Fundraiser, 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Saturday, April 1: VITA, 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Saturday, April 1: Comedian and Bonfire at Miss Porter's School, 8:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.
Saturday, April 1: Area Drive,
7:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
Sunday, April 2: Open Library,
1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Sunday, April 2: Church Shuttle,
10:45 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Sunday, April 2: WestFarms Mall Trip (with a J.Crew Event), 12:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.


Student Selected for Prestigious Creative Writing Program
Hooray Sunray to Bee Ballou '19, who was selected to participate in the Juniper Institute for Young Writers at U-MASS Amherst this summer!

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230 Bushy Hill Road Simsbury, CT 06070

Phone: (860) 408-4467